Library Impact Stories

Libraries have the power to change lives.  Following are stories of real Highland City Library patrons and how the Library has impacted their lives.

  1. Book Project
  2. HIVEs
  3. The Wadsworth Family
  4. The Bushman Family
  5. The Rees Family
  6. Jenifer and Sarah
  7. The Johnson Family
  8. The Murdock Family
  9. The Craig Family
  10. Lowell Nelson
  11. Diana Elder
  12. Jacqueline Roettger

Two people smiling and holding book donations for Mexican Hat, Utah

We often hear that books can take us to new and interesting places, but the Friends of the Highland City Library have been looking for opportunities to send books on travels of their own. Thanks to the generous book donations from local residents, we have been able to donate books to various locations, assisting groups providing educational opportunities.

Close to home, we have been able to donate ten boxes of books to the Provo City School District English Language Acquisition program, which helps adult Utah residents improve their language skills. Some books are kept at the center at the Dixon Middle School, and many are given to students to help them practice their reading in English.

Logo. Provo City School District English Language Acquisition Program for Adults.

In 2021 the Rotary Club of Utah planned a service project in October to remodel an old Head Start building in Mexican Hat, Utah, in order to create a new Navajo Community Center. They asked the Highland City Library if they could contribute some books. Thanks to the generous donations of area residents, the Friends of the Library were able to send twenty-one boxes of books. The Rotary Club took the books with them to Mexican Hat where their volunteers were able to renovate the building, putting in new flooring, painting, adding new cabinetry to the kitchen, and installing new bookshelves in the library. The bookshelves were filled to overflowing.

Trailer with Mt. Timpanogos Rotary Club Logo

One of the Friends’ current goals is to send books to two English Learning Centers in Guatemala. In January we sent several books, and we hope to send many more in the next few months. One of these centers was started by a young woman who rented a house for the school and now has twenty-seven students, ages four to adult. Another center is run by a couple who are grateful to receive English children’s books.

Sign for English Learning Center in San Luis Jilotepeque

Oscar and Arlita in front of the English Learning Center

Your book donations are travelling farther and farther. We’re excited to be able to make books available to these eager readers.

We are so grateful to generous patrons who donate hundreds of used books each month that benefit the Library and the larger community.